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Recipe roundup: Make a skinnier pie for Pi Day

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Every March 14 is celebrated worldwide as Pi Day. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14.

The occasion is often commemorated with tongue-in-cheek observations, and many people choose to enjoy their favorite slice of pie on the date.

To help you celebrate in nutrition-minded style, consider these recipes for pies and desserts from our Via Christi Life blog. We’ve even got a heart-healthy crust recipe for you.

Grape Frangipane (Fruit Tart): Frangipane (pronounced frahn-ja-PAHN-ee) is a rich but not too sweet Italian fruit tart that is as delicious as it is attractive. It can be made with any sweet, firm berries, including blueberries, boysenberries or raspberries.

Pear-Cranberry Crisp: This crumbly fruit crisp is tangy and easy to make. 

Amaretto Pumpkin Pie: Delicious year-round, this recipe delivers a wonderful, lower-carb version of the favorite. It uses a fat-free cookie crumb crust, nonfat milk instead of condensed whole milk, and egg whites instead of whole eggs. Amaretto liqueur is the secret ingredient.

Blueberry Peach Galette: This rustic fruit tart is a lovely alternative to a traditional two-crust pie.

Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie: Another take on the traditional favorite, this rich-tasting version is about 50 calories lighter, but silky smooth with molasses-like sweetness, thanks to its secret ingredient: apple butter.

Heart-healthy pie crust: The galette dish above features a lighter crust recipe using heart-healthy oils and less salt.

Apple Pie Smoothie: This smoothie delivers the delicious taste of the classic autumn favorite all year long. It combines apples, cinnamon and nutmug with banana and almonds and is blended with soy milk.

Happy Pi Day!

About Melissa Lacey

Kansas born; mother of two young children; communications professional for Ascension Via Christi.